Jonathan Mitchell KC

Year of Silk/Call: 1992/1979

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"A class act with a very wide range....praised by commentators for his 'great courtroom knowledge’ elegant, concise and forceful advocate....with a fierce intellect...really thinks outside the box ...provides very creative solutions” Chambers & Partners 2015


Commercial Law | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Professional Discipline | Sport & Entertainment


Appeared 14 times in the House of Lords/UK Supreme Court.

Acted in over 200 reported cases and thousands of unreported ones in the Court of Session, the Sheriff Court, EAT, ET and UT



Jonathan Mitchell KC practice is based in Scotland. He has a wide civil practice, with special interests in public, constitutional, administrative law and equality issues.


Chambers & Partners 2015: “well respected for his wide-ranging public law expertise, which has a particular focus on issues of civil liberties and human rights." He is also noted for his expertise in issues arising in the context of immigration, mental health and employment. "He has a certain gravitas and presence in court. He is experienced, and with that comes confidence that you can rely on him in high-profile cases." "He is a class act, with a very wide range"' (Administrative and Public Law).

"Commands great respect for his civil liberties practice, which focuses on family and employment law, and commercial cases with a pronounced human rights element. He has particular experience in appellate matters." "He is an elegant, concise and forceful advocate. I have a very high opinion of him." "He has a fierce intellect, is easy to get along with and is highly communicative." (Civil Liberties and Human Rights)

"He really thinks outside the box. He provides very creative solutions." (Family/Matrimonial).

Legal 500 2015 classes him as a leading silk (Band 1) in Civil Liberties and Public Law, in Commercial Litigation, and in Family Law.

Chambers & Partners 2014: "His strength in oral pleadings cannot be overstated. Whether it is in the Court of Session or before the Supreme Court in London, he brings a mixture of authority, clarity and courtesy to any court proceedings. He appears to consistently enjoy the ear of the court." (Human Rights)

He ‘draws praise for his passion and skill for family law, and is regularly involved in complex and unusual cases'… “He is absolutely brilliant and wants to get things settled as soon as possible" (Family)

Legal 500 2013: "An acute ability to identify the constitutional point lying behind an issue" ; "Noted for his willingness to explore different ideas" and "A key figure for family law matters."

Chambers & Partners 2014: "Praised by commentators for his 'great courtroom knowledge''

Chambers & Partners 2012: "A broad practice and a wide range of experience to draw upon. His 'quicksilver intellect' makes him a popular choice for cases with complex international elements"

Chambers & Partners 2011: "An almost photographic memory so is able to recall important details instantly" and "enjoys a fine reputation. He is 'intelligent, quick, and good at structuring financial settlements.'"

Legal 500 2012: "Recommended for his sure-footed advocacy" and "a creative and quirky thinker."


Temporary sheriff (1988–1996)

Deputy Social Security Commissioner (1994–2002)

Member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘A' panel of counsel


Eviction and Rent Arrears, 1995

Many seminars and conferences, including the Family Law Association, the Four Jurisdictions annual conference, the Legal Services Agency.

Evidence to Parliament on a number of occasions


BA Hons (PPE, Oxford)

LLB (Edinburgh)


Mirza v Salim, 2014 SLT 875
Successful appeal in Inner House as to damages for wrongful use of interdict

Glasgow City Council v Unison, 2014 SLT 716
Successful appeal in Inner House as to local government responsibility for sex discrimination by ALEOs

IA v Home Secretary, 2014 SC (UKSC) 105
Supreme Court case establishing that a greater weight should be given to the decisions and methodology of the UNHCR in asylum cases.

Fox & Partners v Lord Chancellor [2013] EqLR 956 (OH)
Judicial review of the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees regime

Stewart v Stewart's Trs 2013 CSOH 63
Lengthy proof on challenge to will on grounds of incapacity, followed by successful motion for expenses on agent and client scale

Davies v Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care 2013 SC (UKSC) 186
Successful appeal in Inner House and Supreme Court on transitional provisions as to care regulation

RM v Scottish Ministers 2013 SC (UKSC) 139
Successful judicial review appeal to Supreme Court; a constitutional milestone in declaring Government's duty to lay regulations before Parliament

Eba Petitioner 2012 SC (UKSC) 1
Successful appeal in Inner House and Supreme Court, leading case on ambit of judicial review of tribunals

City of Edinburgh Council v Wilkinson and others 2012 SLT 211 (IH)
Principles applicable to equal pay claims

Craigdale Housing Association & Ors v Scottish Information Commissioner 2010 SLT 655 (IH)
Freedom of information/personal data

Lynch v East Dunbartonshire Council 2010 ICR 1094 (EAT)
Lis pendens and tribunal jurisdiction

Tuley v Highland Council 2009 SC 456 (IH)
Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and the right to roam